The Association Les Rencontres is pleased to announce the organisation of its next conference in Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015 (Belgium) :
Do not miss The Great Debate on the 20th of June at the Theatre Royal de Mons. Authorities, cultural players, artists go into action :
The orientations proposed by the European Commission as far as cultural issues are strongly troubling.
They are questioning again our system of values : the copyright, the linguistic and cultural special features, the cultural works financing, the fiscal harmonisation.
The culture philosophy is implicated, a heritage that will be replaced by a world in which the word “industry” is more important than the word “cultural”. The words “demand” and “entertainment” will be more important than the words “offer” and “culture”.
Re-experience La Rencontre de Fontenay-sous-Bois: elects, culture professionals, journalists, academics, sociologists, historians, artists from all over Europe gathered for three days of meetings, from the 5th to the 7th March to debate, reflect together and exchange on the theme: Arts/Culture/Migrations/.
Discover all the interventions by listening the audio of the different conference sessions that have questioned the theme of migration and its contributions to artistic creation and the part of local authorities in cultural policies: Migration in the European context - Europe enriched by cultural pluralism, viewpoints on European artistic experiences.
The Association of
European Cities and Regions for Culture “Les Rencontres” is pleased to
announce the organisation of its next conference “La Rencontre de Fontenay-sous-Bois” to be held in Fontenay-sous-Bois
(in the vicinity of Paris) from 05 to 07 March 2015. It will be devoted to the
topical theme of:
“ARTS / CULTURES / MIGRATIONS”
In a growing context
of populist ideas and behaviours as well as inward-looking nationalisms in the
European continent, this conference is aimed towards encouraging participants
to consider migrations as sources for artistic enrichment and cultural impact
for the European societies.
Every country has
been characterised by its own migration history. More and more, migrants are becoming
fundamental pillars of our feeling of multi-cultural citizenship. Thus, it is
necessary to promote a constructive dialogue on cultural differences,
emphasizing their value and their creativity, so as to reinforce social
inclusion and to fight against discrimination and prejudices.
With this in mind,
we organise “La Rencontre de
Fontenay-sous-Bois” in collaboration with the Choreographic Development Centre du Val-de-Marne “La Briqueterie” on the occasion of the 18th
Val-de-Marne Dance Biennale and in the framework of the European project “Migrant bodies”.
Gathering elected leaders and professionals from local and regional authorities, artists, intellectuals, researchers and civil
society representatives, the "European Campus" project's purpose is to think together
and deepen our understanding of current and future topics in the fields of
local and regional cultural policies, cultural cooperation and
artistic creation in Europe and beyond.
The 3rd European Campus of local and regional authorities for
culture took place in the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, France from 5
to 8 November 2014.
The main theme was:
Can Culture and Local and Regional
Authorities Lead Europe Out of the Crisis?
The Example of the Nord-Pas de
More than three decades ago, Pierre Mauroy (1928-2013), Former Prime Minister of France and Mayor of Lille, a
visionary man with a strong political will, bet on Culture and obtained
In times of financial difficulties for local and
regional authorities all over Europe, the Campus appeared as an occasion to draw
concrete answers to current issues; to bring leads for initiating and
consolidating projects; and to discover the strategies of the Nord-Pas de Calais
You can download the programme.Please click here to
read the invitation message by Michaël Moglia, Regional Councillor and member
of the Board of the Association Les Rencontres.
An Inclusive Consultation to Reforge the Organisation
2014 marks the 20th anniversary on the Association. Twenty years of rencontres, of course, but also of exchanges, debates, discoveries and projects.
Twenty years that have created strong bonds between the members of the network.
2014 is a year of renewal for Les Rencontres.The creation of a stable and creative future depends on the analysis of past years and, most importantly, in the case of a network, can only be done collectively.
The Association has started this large re-foundation process, paying a particular attention to the opinions of its members, in order to build a future suitable for all. Without ever questioning the essence of its activities, Les Rencontres wishes to give itself a new lease of life to continue to create bonds, beyond borders, always more effectively.
The Refoundation process is built on a 6 steps calendar. Discussions in Brussels, sending of a questionnaire, gathering of answers, meeting during the Rencontres of Umeå, drafting of new statutes then a General meeting at the European Campus in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and a vote: the re-foundation has run all year. The most recent stage of this process has been the election of a new Chairman: Mr. Michaël Moglia, Regional Councilor, Chairman of the “Finances, Staff, General Administration, Communication” Commission, in the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, France whereas Mr. Roger Tropeano was named the Honorary Chairman of the Association.